Bubba’s Sulky Lounge

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If you’re looking for somewhere to go out at night, and thinking to yourself, “Self, where can I go out that is both the most bizarre place I’ve been to and also the most amazing?”, well, then you can just go to Bubba’s in Portland, ME. If you’re into dancing, you’ll definitely want to check this spot out, mainly because they have a lit-up dance floor, made for dancing. And, you don’t have to be a good dancer either (although I did witness some pretty decent breakdancing), you just need to have fun. 

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There’s also a back bar and separate room, for more dancing. And, if you’re not really into dancing, there are cushion swivel bar seats and booths near the main bar area. Oh, and, it’s hard not to notice, upon entrance and throughout the entire bar, all of the insanely random and weird $h!t all over the place. We’re talking puppets, metal lunch boxes hanging from the ceiling, old antique items, frames, lamps, pretty much everything. Basically, it’s amazing. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
Location: 92 Portland Street, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s a little off the path of some of the other bars, but, you could pretty much spend most of your night there anyway, so, no need to hop around. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s at least worth checking out. Dance a little, have a drink, go nuts. There’s usually a small cover charge, so, just have a few bucks on you before you go. 

Sonny’s

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Whether you’re looking for a spot for dinner, brunch or cocktails at the bar, many locals will agree that Sonny’s in Downtown Portland, ME is a great place to go. 

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Booth seating to the left, the bar on the right, and….ta-da! Open kitchen in the back, my favorite. The vibe is laid back, but still has a bit of a trendy, chic aesthetic. 

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For a drink, I ordered their Spicy Cucumber Margarita (house infused chile tequila, fresh cucumber, fresh lime, simple syrup). I liked this drink, but, I will say, I like my spicy drinks spicy, and, I found this one a little on the mild side. Overall though, it was tasty, just not spicy. 

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Then, I ordered the Grilled Fairy Tale Eggplant (local heirloom and cherry tomatoes, house made mozzarella, israeli couscous, saffron tomato sauce). I really enjoyed this dish. The eggplant and tomatoes were fresh, and the saffron tomato sauce was really nice too, letting the natural flavors take the main stage and not adding in lots of extra salt or anything to take away from that. I especially liked the thick grained couscous pearls, it was tender and had almost a creamy quality to it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Sonny’s
Locations: 83 Exchange Place, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the service was excellent, the food was great, and really liked the atmosphere.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It’s in a great location and you won’t leave disappointed.